OAP Olympic Outrage

By londonist_mark Last edited 198 months ago

Last Updated 04 December 2007

OAP Olympic Outrage

In years to come as historians look back on the events that triggered the untimely demise of this once great nation of ours, they'll probably be analysing the following timeline:

  • October 2003: First grumblings about raising the Council Tax in London to pay for the Olympics if we get it.
  • February 2006: Travelling Ken asks for a bit more money to fund the Olympics, 65p a week on London's Council Tax bills.
  • December 2007: A group of Bexley pensioners decide it's a bit unfair for only Londoners to pay for the Olympics and decline to pay the 38p a week that now constitutes the additional Olympic tax. Ken disagrees with them.
  • The future: Chaos, bloodshed, riot police on the streets, removal of remaining civil liberties (which didn't take long), RAF bombing raids on Manchester and Liverpool, rising daily death toll, anarchy, the collapse of our economic infrastructure, Dragon's Den is cancelled and the Big Brother house become the safest location in the country.
  • What could we have done to avert this terrible turn of events?

    After all, London gets the Olympics, reaps the rewards of regeneration, cleans up afterwards and suffers if the whole thing goes tits up. We pay. Or, as the Bexley Pensioner's Forum state: these Games are for benefit for the whole of the United Kingdom, not just London, and so everyone should pay. That's a good point too. So who pays? Well you probably won't decide.

    Bexley Council do not apparently support the pensioners withholding the levy but agreed that it should be nationwide. Good get-out clause for when we get all those shots on the news of aged folks being pumelled into dog food by men on horses. They then go and bandy about the words like 'levy' and after a brief moment wondering what Bexley councillors are doing galavanting about atop flood defences, we're struck with images of Henry 8, Robin Hood and poor people pissing in ponds.

    We'll no doubt be back in a couple of weeks with reports of Bexley nick being overcrowded with elderly law breakers.

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